Brotherly shove prompts change

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OWNERS of merch sold by rising stars Brother will be sporting collectors’ items when the band return to The Leadmill on September 24.

They’ve changed their name to Viva Brother after a legal challenge by a US-based Aussie “powerhouse celtic tribal trio” also named Brother - even though their “deep pulse didgeridoo, soaring bagpipes and tribal percussion” is unlikely to be confused with our Brother’s vital guitars. The latter decided life would be simpler if they changed their name after briefly being called Brother UK in the US.

“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away three men decided one day it would be a good idea to start a band called Brother,” says singer Lee Newell ahead of debut album Famous First Words next month. “Many, many years later four frighteningly handsome devils decided to do the same. But litigation got in the way. Brother is dead. Long live Viva Brother.”

Record is trip to Cartel and back

SO where have The Cartels, above, been hiding?

Well, they’ve not been slacking if the sonic marathon that is the just-released Club 60 Session EP is anything to go by.

It may comprise just two tracks but it’s a case of forget the width and feel the length as they tender 14 minutes of carefully constructed and executed music drizzled with guitar panache and intense rhythms.

True Love Spreads opens with Andy Bell meets Floyd-esque guitars before extending into a six minute-plus journey with an absorbing guitar collage from Daniel Thompson and Ian Scholfield, whose vocals add atmosphere. Even longer, Shake Rattle Roll starts with a strummed acoustic and evolves into a slow-burn ramble with psychedelic leanings. It drags a tad but itches to be a set closer.

It all adds up to a statement of intent from the band who are part of The Leadmill’s Saturday Tramlines offering.

Oh, Scum all ye Forum faithful

FROM the label that brought you Moby and Depeche Mode comes new signing S.C.U.M. with a new single and a Devonshire dabble next week.

Teeing up Amber Hands – out on July 18 – the band hit the Forum on Wednesday with more tasters of a début album due in September.

S.C.U.M burst on to the London music scene two years ago with first single Visions Arise and a knack for intense live shows.

Thomas Cohen (vocal), Bradley Baker (machines), Samuel Kilcoyne (moog), Melissa Rigby (drums) and Huw Webb (bass) have recently completed a UK tour with The Kills featuring Rotherham muso Jamie Hince, who marries Kate Moss today.